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Fall 2017 – NYSDEC Region 8

Promoting a Toxic Free Future for New York State

The ‘Fall 2017’ CleanSweepNY collection event was very productive with 84,270 pounds of chemical wastes collected for disposal from 191 participating entities. This collection event brings the grand total of chemical wastes collected across 24 CleanSweepNY collection events to over 1.82 million pounds.

The total amount of pesticides collected was 61,067 pounds, laboratory chemicals from schools was 6,090 pounds, elemental mercury was at 28 pounds, and 11,133 pounds of paint were collected, as well as many hundreds of pounds of chemicals that fell into other chemical waste categories. Also collected for recycling were 1,000 triple-rinsed plastic pesticide containers.

Due to the original funding source being nearly exhausted, planning for a collection in the spring of 2018 will depend on the contracting process which is currently underway. In the event that the process is successful and completed in time, CleanSweepNY participants will be required to register by calling or e-mailing CleanSweepNY staff at the following:

Telephone: 877-793-3769
E-Mail: info@cleansweepny.org

CleanSweepNY Services are Not Available to Homeowners.

CleanSweepNY services are provided to farmers and owners of former farms, all categories of NYS certified pesticide applicators, cemeteries, golf courses, marinas, and other entities possessing unwanted or unusable pesticides and other waste chemicals. Each participant is responsible for transporting their materials to the collection site. CleanSweepNY results in enhanced stewardship of the environment through the improved management and proper disposal of unusable pesticides and other chemical wastes. These materials may pose human health risks upon exposure and represent a potential hazard to New York State’s groundwater and surface water resources.

CleanSweepNY is an Environmental Benefit Project administered by the Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) which was initially established with approximately $2.2 million from several enforcement settlements in NYSDEC's Pest Management program.

The collections are scheduled and organized by NYSDEC with the collaboration of NYSDOT who generously provides sites for the collection of these unwanted chemical materials.

CleanSweepNY is supported by Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Agricultural Container Recycling Council, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, New York Farm Bureau, and other related grower associations.

Please do not contact NYSDOT for CleanSweepNY information.

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